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DH | Bonaire, Curaçao travellers have to quarantine in Saba

Saba’s Juancho Yrausquin Airport | Daily Herald

SABA–There are currently nineteen people in quarantine and there are still two active cases of COVID-19 in Saba, Island Governor Jonathan Johnson said in Tuesday’s coronavirus update. Verder lezen

DH | Marriott Resort coming to Baie Nettle in 2023

Architect’s rendering of what the future Marriott Lagoon Resort and Spa in Baie Nettle will look like. Photo courtesy of Harmony Promotion.

MARIGOT–Harmony Promotion and Marriott International, together with a consortium of investors, have announced the creation of a five-star hotel in Baie Nettle, St. Martin, scheduled to open in 2023. Verder lezen

DH | Payroll support list has been released

SXM overheid-regering | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–The Finance Ministry on Friday released the long-awaited list of businesses that received payroll support under the St. Maarten Stimulus and Relief Plan (SSRP). Verder lezen

DH | New hospital will cost $58M in repairs over 20-year period

St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC)

PHILIPSBURG–The new St. Maarten General Hospital, which is being built to replace St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC), is estimated to cost more than US $58 million in maintenance and repairs in its first twenty years of existence, Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour VSA Richard Panneflek told Members of Parliament (MPs) on Thursday afternoon. Verder lezen

DH | Chamber warns border closure will bring ‘certain death’ to businesses

St. Martin Chamber of Commerce President Angèle Dormoy.

MARIGOT–St. Martin Chamber of Commerce President Angèle Dormoy has publicly sounded the alarm on the economic impact of the border closures and restrictions implemented Friday, July 31, in a letter to Préfète Déléguée Sylvie Feucher dated August 4. Verder lezen

DH | Travellers from risk areas must quarantine in the Netherlands

~ ‘Test street’ at Schiphol Airport ~

THE HAGUE–Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has announced several new measures in the fight against coronavirus COVID-19 in the Netherlands on Thursday. For example, there will be a registration obligation in the catering industry. Verder lezen

DH | St. Maarten offers layered alternative to reform entity in letter to Knops

SXM government proposes that funds for reforms should remain strictly separate from budgetary support. Money for budgetary support should thus be out of the purview of the consensus law | Daily Herald

PHILIPSBURG–St. Maarten offered a counterproposal to the Caribbean Reform Entity in a letter to Dutch State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops on Friday, July 31. The three-tiered scheme separates the financial, supervisory and executing aspects of the proposed structural reforms. Verder lezen

DH | Wever-Croes says optimistic about talks with The Hague

For example, on the wish of The Hague for dollarisation of the Aruba economy, she said, “This needs to be investigated first and cannot be implemented just like that.”

ORANJESTAD/THE HAGUE–Aruba Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes is optimistic that an agreement will be reached with the Dutch government. “We need their help. Without their help, we won’t get out of this crisis.” Verder lezen

DH | Dutch to transfer NAf. 19.3M for St. Maarten payroll support

Dutch to transfer NAf. 19.3M for St. Maarten payroll support | Suzanne Koelega

THE HAGUE–St. Maarten will shortly receive NAf. 19.3 million from the Netherlands for the payroll support programme for the month June, Dutch State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops announced today, Tuesday. Verder lezen

ParadiseFM | Verdachte in zaak ‘ontvoerde stagiaire’ ontkent toch

De mirador op Grote Knip waar de stagiaire berooft, aangerand, naakt, mishandeld en gekneveld van de rotsen werd geworpen en voor dood werd achtergelaten

De 30-jarige S. Plantijn stond gisteren terecht in de rechtbank in verband met de ontvoering van een stagiaire in augustus vorig jaar. Verder lezen

DH | Dutch newspaper exposure for Captain Oliver’s ordeal

The dispute at Oyster Pond is about whether the border goes through the middle of the water or along the north shore.

ROTTERDAM–The border conflict at Oyster Pond in St. Maarten/St. Martin and the ordeal of Captain Oliver’s owner Maggi Shurtleff got extensive exposure on Thursday with the publication of a full-page article in the Algemeen Dagblad (AD), the Netherlands’ second largest newspaper. Verder lezen

DH | Kingdom Ombudsmen state concerns to Rutte

King Willem-Alexander (second from left) met with the three Ombudsmen in the Kingdom in October last year. At left is Gwendolien Mossel of St. Maarten, at right Keursly Concincion of Curaçao, and second from right Reinier van Zutphen of the Netherlands/Caribbean Netherlands. (Kick Smeets file photo)

THE HAGUE–The Ombudsmen of Curaçao, St. Maarten and the Netherlands sent a letter to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte earlier this month in which they sought attention for the crisis that has evolved on the islands and the adverse consequences of the Dutch conditions tied to liquidity support. Verder lezen

DH | Human Rights Institute: ‘KLM was wrong in allowing discrimination’

Van Raak had filed a complaint at this institute last year after KLM refrained from intervening in a situation that involved the Member of Parliament’s (MP’s) wife and a group of orthodox Jews.

THE HAGUE–The Netherlands Institute for Human Rights has ruled in favour of Member of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament Ronald van Raak of the Socialist Party (SP) and his wife: Royal Dutch Airlines KLM may not allow discrimination against women. Verder lezen

DH | Camelia-Römer officially resigns

The PIN leader in Fort Amsterdam.

WILLEMSTAD–Suzanne “Suzy” Camelia-Römer submitted her resignation to Curaçao Governor Lucille George-Wout on Friday. Her last transfer as Minister of Health, Environment and Nature GMN was made on Sunday evening at 6:00. Verder lezen

DH | Curaçao closes border with St Maarten

Izzy Gerstenbluth | Daily Herald

WILLEMSTAD–Curaçao is following the advice of epidemiologist Izzy Gerstenbluth to temporarily close the border with St. Maarten due to its recent spike in coronavirus infections, said Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath. Verder lezen

DH | No return to lockdown, says government

~ Strict adherence to hygiene measures essential ~

PHILIPSBURG–Amid persistent and widespread rumours of a looming lockdown, Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs said on Friday night that there will no return to lockdown. However, the government still urges strict adherence to hygiene measures as essential. Verder lezen

DH | Aartwicht Bell now the acting head of Pointe Blanche prison

Pointe Blanche Prison is outdated, over-populated and severely damaged by the 2017 hurricanes. (Tim van Dijk photo)

PHILIPSBURG–Former prison guard and current President of the St. Maarten Sports and Olympic Federation (SMSOF) Aartwicht Bell is now the acting director of the Pointe Blanche prison, taking over from acting director Rikson Martina. Verder lezen

DH | Ex-minister to be prosecuted

Marilyn Alcalá-Wallé.
| Extra

WILLEMSTAD–Former Curaçao Minister of Education Marilyn Alcalá-Wallé will be prosecuted for a conflict of interest. She had already stepped down as minister earlier this year when it became known that the Prosecutor’s Office was investigating her. Verder lezen

DH | Saba to reopen for visitors from Europe, Canada on October 1

Also St. Eustatius, Bonaire and Curaçao are categorised as low-risk.

SABA–The public entity Saba announced during discussions with the Outbreak Management team that it is aiming to open the island for visitors from Canada and Europe from October 1. Visitors from the United States will be welcome from November 1, Island Governor Jonathan Johnson announced Tuesday in a so-called hospitality update. Verder lezen

DH | Anti-Poverty Platform insists on a pension equal to the Netherlands’

Daily herald

PHILIPSBURG–The St. Maarten Anti-Poverty Platform is calling for an equal maximum pension amount for all seniors. Verder lezen

DH | Lack of Dutch Caribbean countries’ input in proposed entity pointed out

The parties expressed their concerns in questions and remarks that the Second Chamber’s Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations sent to State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops this week | Werry Crone

THE HAGUE–The Democratic Party D66, the green left party GroenLinks and the Labour Party PvdA in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament are concerned about the level of involvement that the governments and Parliaments of Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten will have in the proposed Caribbean Reform Entity. Verder lezen

DH | Statia scales St. Maarten up as country of medium risk

A Winair aircraft

ST. EUSTATIUS–Because of the new case of coronavirus COVID-19 announced by the Minister of Public Health in St. Maarten on Wednesday, the public entity of St. Eustatius has increased the level of COVID-19 risk in St. Maarten from low to medium. Verder lezen

DH | Irion: St. Maarten on target to comply with Dutch conditions

Minister Ardwell Irion van Financien

PHILIPSBURG–“All-in-all, we are on track with most of the conditions,” said Finance Minister Ardwell Irion during the live virtual Council of Ministers press briefing on Wednesday morning. He was referring to St. Maarten’s compliance with the Dutch conditions for liquidity support. Verder lezen

DH | Cruise ship in port to repatriate crew

Cruise ship “Independence of the Seas”.

PHILIPSBURG–Cruise ship Independence of the Seas will be in port today, Wednesday, to repatriate her crew. This is the second cruise ship in the past week to utilise Port St. Maarten to facilitate repatriating her crew back to their home countries. Verder lezen

DH | Saba lifts restrictions on outbound travelling

Persons should also take into consideration what measures or requirements the island or country destination has in place.

SABA–The Public Entity Saba informed that persons wishing to leave the island are permitted to do so, as there are no restrictions on outbound travel from Saba since Friday, July 10. Verder lezen

DH | Additional 25M euros for food parcels for islands

Raymond Knops | Suzanne Koelega

THE HAGUE–The Kingdom Council of Ministers last Friday decided to extend the humanitarian aid to Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten, and to make another 25.2 million euros (NAf. 50.8 million) available for food parcels for needy families. Verder lezen

DH | Medical referrals remain complex, says Blokhuis

Kabinet wil ook participatie burgers vergroten | Antilliaans Dagblad

THE HAGUE–Arranging medical referrals abroad for the Caribbean Netherlands is a complex matter due to logistical challenges that sometimes have to be adapted on a daily basis as a result of last-minute changes at the hospitals to which the patients are sent. Verder lezen

DH | Curaçao, St. Maarten reject Dutch package

~New deadline set for July 15~

St. Maarten Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs as she arrives at the Binnenhof on Friday morning for a meeting of the Kingdom Council of Ministers. Directly behind her is St. Maarten Minister Plenipotentiary Rene Violenus | Suzanne Koelega

THE HAGUE–As expected, no agreement was reached during the meeting of the Kingdom Council of Ministers today, Friday regarding the new entity to channel future liquidity support and to implement reforms. Verder lezen

DH | Pension fund acquires Saba’s Breadline Plaza

Breadline Plaza Saba | Sacha van den Bosch

SABA–The Caribbean Netherlands Pension Fund PCN has completed its first investment in Saba with the acquisition of the Breadline Plaza complex in Windwardside. Verder lezen

DH | Parliament unanimously rejects the reform entity

~ Jacobs to Netherlands ~

PHILIPSBURG–Parliament on Wednesday unanimously rejected the Caribbean Reform Entity proposed by the Dutch government as a condition for Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten to receive the third tranche of liquidity support. Verder lezen